The history of the name Jelliff goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a happy and lively
person. The surname of Jolliffe
was originally derived from the Old French word joli,
of the same meaning. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Jelliff family
The surname Jelliff was first found in Staffordshire
where they were an ancient family granted lands by William the Conqueror, and "allied to some of the chief nobles of the Kingdom." A northern branch enjoyed power and affluence in Europe before the Norman Conquest
, and were originally known as Jolli. This spelling changed with the years to Jollye, to Jolliff, and finally to Jolliffe.
Early History of the Jelliff family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jelliff research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1613, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1660, 1750, 1734, 1741, 1697 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Jelliff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jelliff Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Jelliff has been recorded under many different variations, including Jolliffe, Jolli, Jolliff and others.
Early Notables of the Jelliff family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Jolliffe; John Jolliffe (1613-1680), an English merchant in London and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679; William Jolliffe (1660-1750), British politician, Member of Parliament for Petersfield (1734-1741)... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jelliff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jelliff family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Jelliffs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Jelliff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Jelliff, who arrived in America in 1919
- Ida Jelliff, who arrived in America settling in Neward, N. J. in 1914
- J.E. Jelliff, who arrived in America in 1914
- Marjorie Lilian Jelliff, who arrived in America from Paris, France in 1919
- Mathilde Jelliff, who arrived in America from London, England in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jelliff (post 1700)
- F. R. Jelliff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Lincoln Henry Jelliff (1865-1962), American-born, Canadian farmer, insurance advisor, lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Alberta from 1921 to 1930
The Jelliff Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tant que je puis
Motto Translation: As much as I can.